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And the Family Survey Results Tell Us…

And the Family Survey Results Tell Us…
Posted on 03/23/2016
Written by Denise Sullivan, Family Liaison; PowerPoint created by Jennifer Lavalle, Instructional Technology Specialist

This past fall 2015 during Report Card Pick up time, we asked Morse families to participate in a brief survey. This survey was created through the Morse School Council in conjunction with the Family Engagement work that is happening throughout the Cambridge Public School District. The survey was distributed in a few ways, on the evening of Report Card Pick up we had hard copies available, as well as computers set up in the Main Lobby and a few staff members walking around with a Chrome Book asking families to participate. We also made families aware of the on line link for some time after Report Card Pick Up Night.

We are planning to have an easy follow up activity during the next Report Card Pick Up event, Thursday, April 14, 2016. This will help us better define some of the barriers that stop families from being “physically” involved in the Morse School Community. Your input is valuable so please take some time to participate!

Here is what the results told us:
•We had a total of 109 Families participated out of the 225 JK -5 families enrolled at the Morse.
•95.4% feel the Morse School has a good sense of community that their family is a part of.
•87.2% feel that there is another Morse parent they can go to with questions.
•75.2 % understand what their child is learning from school
•99.1% know where or who to go to with a question or concern about their child.
•74.3% are interested in sharing a part of their family’s culture, a hobby or interest in their child’s class or in another class.

Here are some of the responses to the question: What does it mean to be involved in your child's education or to be involved at your child's school?
•"Knowing what they are learning, or should be, and their progress. Knowing strengths, and how to improve weaknesses. Communication with teachers is key. Be aware of social skills and relationships with students and staff."
•"I think a child learns from his teachers, his parents and himself. Each one of these three components is vitally important and they should play off one another. Therefore the connection between parents and teacher (school) is of paramount importance."
•"I like to do pick ups and drop offs as much as I can so that I can check in with my son's teacher and get to know the other students and families. Seeing the teacher often means we can have little conversations about how he's doing and also keeps us on the same page. I also try to go to as many FMS meetings as I can."
 •"One word, EVERYTHING."

To see more results of the Morse Family Involvement Fall 2015 Survey, visit: http://bit.ly/1S3q4lO